Shanti grew up gardening with her family in upstate NY. She founded her own organic vegetable farm at the age of 20, selling at local farmers' markets, as well as starting a Community Supported Agriculture. After years in operation, she moved from rural agriculture to urban agriculture, managing one of the largest urban farms in New York City. Shanti is a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, a trained horticulturist and skilled garden designer. As Principal and Founding Partner of Design Wild, Shanti acts as technical, design and agricultural advisor on with community groups, civic partners, public spaces, and home gardens.